Kaveri Raina (b. 1990, New Delhi, India) received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2017. Raina has received various awards and fellowships including the James Nelson Raymond fellowship and the Fred and Joanna Lazarus Scholarship, and she was recently nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant. Raina’s work has been exhibited in the US, India and Europe. She had her first international solo exhibition in March 2019 at Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy, and had a solo show at Assembly Room, New York, NY Spring 2019. Summer 2019 she exhibited at Luhring Augustine, in New York. She opened a solo exhibition at Patron Gallery, March 2020 and recently had a solo exhibition at M+B gallery in LA 2021. Raina lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Kaveri Raina’s paintings are based on internal dialogues, with words that trigger a feeling or an experience. The sensation of hovering, lingering or swaying, being in a state of in-flux or suspension is a common theme. This body of work extends to deeper psychological moments with the self, wandering into the idea of what could have been, and a few chosen memories shared with others along the way. Working on stretched burlap, Raina paints on the back and front of the material, allowing pigments to seep through the textured surface. The interlocking shapes hint at figuration and emphasizing the idea of a ‘lingering shadow’, ‘dark cloud/sense of doom’ with saturated colors used to excavate memories and emotions.